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The Scariest Giant Monster Movies

Updated April 24, 2020 22.3k votes 2.3k voters 68.7k views64 items

List RulesMonsters must be GIANT! No human-sized beasts or creatures.

List of the scariest giant monster movies of all time, as ranked by monster movie aficionados and film critics. Ever since 1925’s The Lost World, monster movies have graced the film world with their stunning and sometimes head-scratching special effects, screaming human victims, and interesting fight scenes. In the 1950s, giant monster movies became the hottest genre of the decade, spanning dozens of movies about made up creatures. The special effects were like nothing anybody had ever seen before, which was part of what made the movies so scary. As special effect technology advanced, so did the scariness of these monster films. Compared to the building crushing monster from 2008’s Cloverfield, monsters like The Blob, Giant Leeches, and Mothra aren’t as scary. However, in the time they were made, they were terrifying audiences everywhere.

Creatures in these monster movies ranged from a woman who grow 50-feet tall to killer T-Rexes that have grown in a scientist’s lab. Each monster villain causes destruction of property, loss of life, and chaos to the lives of the protagonists. This list is filled with the monsters that are the most frightening to audiences around the world.

What are the scariest giant monster movies ever made? This list features a large portion of the movies that can cause chills to ever the toughest of moviegoers. 

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  • 1
    Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 4
    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Tremors is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Tremors

    Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire

    Released1990

    Directed byRon Underwood

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  • 6
    Aliens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 7
    Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Cloverfield

    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan

    Released2008

    Directed byMatt Reeves

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  • 8
    The Blob is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    The Blob

    Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut

    Released1958

    Directed byIrvin Yeaworth

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  • 9
    Them! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Them!

    Leonard Nimoy, James Arness

    Released1954

    Directed byGordon Douglas

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  • 10
    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    King Kong

    Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper

    Released1933

    Directed byMerian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

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  • 11
    Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Godzilla

    Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria

    Released1998

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • 12
    The Mist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    The Mist

    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2007

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • 13
    An American Werewolf in London is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    An American Werewolf in London

    Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • 14
    Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Starship Troopers

    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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  • 15
    Lake Placid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Lake Placid

    Betty White, Mariska Hargitay

    Released1999

    Directed bySteve Miner

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  • 16
    The Lost World: Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg

    Released1997

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 17
    Pitch Black is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Pitch Black

    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell

    Released2000

    Directed byDavid Twohy

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  • 18
    Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Pacific Rim

    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam

    Released2013

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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  • 19
    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • 20
    Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Clash of the Titans

    Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith

    Released1981

    Directed byDesmond Davis

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  • 21
    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Released2004

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • 22
    Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Frankenstein

    Boris Karloff, John Boles

    Released1931

    Directed byJames Whale

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    King Kong

    Naomi Watts, Jack Black

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • 24
    Rodan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Rodan

    Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa

    Released1956

    Directed byIshirō Honda

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  • 25
    Tarantula is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Giant Monster Movies
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    Tarantula

    Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday

    Released1955

    Directed byJack Arnold

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